MJ blathers

dark poet who loves to laugh


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lesson in wisdom

eyes bright
focused
on the speakers
with brow furrowed
or corners
of the mouth
turned up
in reflection
of their
distress or pleasure
nod
while saying nothing
they’ll think
you the wisest
person they’ve ever known

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from above

mountain snow
freed from rigid crystals
stretching
squirming
tumbling
squiggling onto
valley floor
at sunrise
molten gold ribbon


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wellspring of joy

to stay near
means discipline
i know what drives
me away
busy-ness, pique
envy, anger
i am required
to quiet my soul
‘be still and know’
that i am not god
i need to laugh
at my pretentious ego
to regain perspective
to reach out
in love


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no option

i guess there is more than one
you could simply huddle
in a corner and mummify
crusted over
by your horror
at hearing the bones
shattering as you try
to move the victim
from danger
or you can gag
swallow hard
jut your jaw
and determine
to do what needs
to be done


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grateful

colleagues generously
reading aloud
a script i’ve
poured myself into
so i can hear
the nuance
of dialogue
revealing personality
and interrelationship
feedback transporting
script and author
to greater levels
than i would
found alone